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The Linux Talent Draft is On

Make no mistake: the Linux draft is on.

While the NFL season prepares to get underway there is an ongoing, intensive draft for Linux talent taking place right now.

We hear this from companies large and small, universities from all over the world and from the Linux kernel community, but we also know demand is high for Linux professionals based on our Linux Jobs Report issued this year (produced in partnership with Dice.com). Eighty-one percent of the hiring managers surveyed for the report said that hiring Linux talent this year is a priority. Sixty-three percent are seeking more Linux professionals relative to other hires. But 85 percent said finding Linux talent is difficult.

When they do find it, they pay. Nearly one-third of companies say they're offering above normal pay increases to Linux pro's, who also command better bonuses and perks.

Developers and IT staff have told us that the really compelling thing about working on Linux today is the double bottom line: the financial reward and the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than any one company or one person. These folks are collaborating on the most interesting work in computing, the most cutting-edge, latest software challenges are theirs to solve.

Today we're releasing a new video that illustrates this double bottom line, or as we've put it: working for "coin and cause." We invite you to check it out and see why people are lining up for Linux training opportunities and why even 20 years into Linux, we keep having to increase the capacity of our venues for events like LinuxCon.

We know that this year's Linux Scholarship Program is going to surface some amazing talent. We're in the process now of going through more than 500 applications from which just five will receive Linux training scholarships. There are a lot of things in our daily lives that are Linux-based, but so, too, are the majority of technology careers.

For more information about training opportunities, including our newest enterprise Linux training courses, please visit our Linux Training website.

 

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  • Daniel Said:

    2500$ for Linux Training ?? I'll pass, when there's a lot of cheaper options, like udemy.com, and others

  • MTWiley Said:

    For that price I could buy a years worth of CBTNuggets and learn about any and everything tech related.

  • jspringer Said:

    I have been in the IT industry for around 6 months now , recently got A+ certified and am now studying for the 70-680 exam . I really want to learn Linux and how to use Backtrack as I want to become a penetration tester . What is the best way to go about this .

  • Kat Said:

    Where are they looking? I gave up looking for a "Linux job" years ago. There's only two ways I've ever seen Linux in a hiring ad. One is at the very bottom of a list of nice-to-haves ("experience with Windows, Mac, Linux"), which means almost nothing at all. The other is for jobs very far away from me, and almost always in Europe. If there was an actual Linux job anywhere near me, I'd be there in a heartbeat.

  • Shiv Said:

    +1. Where I live - NZ - there are only a few Linux positions, that too at senior level - nothing entry level. And all entry level sysadmin/support roles are only for Windows. I too want to know where all these employers are located..

  • ram Said:

    Well, yes, most of the Linux jobs are outside of the US or UK as Linux is the dominant operating system in Asia. In fact, there are more Linux users in China alone than the entire USA has people!

  • Mr. T.L. Witter Said:

    "Drafted" for what ??? While the Linux movement is an appealing source for development , combining it with the mindless "sport" of gridiron is a serious mistake ... Just ask all the grade school age kids who're forever maimed by this mindless , inane , so-called sport ... I have more faith in a "sport" that doesn't seek to inflict mortal damage on the Microsoft WINDOWS kingdom , but relies on the "freedom" of access as its roots ...

  • Scott Said:

    Training alone doesn't guarantee any edge in the job market. It takes a solid 10 years to really be good in this career. The premise that raises and bonuses are on the rise aren't accurate. My company only gave me less than 2% raise. Even though they spend what appears to be an unlimited amount of finds purchasing new infrastructure, but don't bother to invest in the training needed to work on them.


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